September 13, 2014
September 13, 2014
Today, is the day! It’s Christmas in September for me. For the past month I’ve been working with Michael Hyatt and his Platform University team on some changes to my brand, my website, and my overall online platform.
To say I’ve been feeling like a kid waiting on Christmas morning is the understatement of the year! I was up at 3:15am today. I’m excited, elated, and ecstatic to reveal my new site for you all to see!
My blogging journey started over 2.5 years ago. I had no idea what would really come from it. I had high hopes, but there is no way I could be certain what the real results would be. All I know is I was frustrated with where I was, and some of the struggles I was having as a husband and a father.
Last month, I launched my 2014 Reader Survey. It’s the second time I’ve done this, and just like the first time it has provided very valuable feedback. It’s so valuable as it benefits you by helping me understand more about how I can best help you through my blog.
The past few weeks I’ve taken some time to sit down and relax with my kids. The summer is closing up shop, and school will be starting soon. So, we’ve been enjoying a little extra R&R together. That has included a little bike riding, some trampoline jumping, and a lot of time watching shows on Netflix.
When I was a kid my dad used to take me and my brother to professional baseball games. We would take a summer trip to New York every year, and while we were there we’d try to catch a Mets game if the Cardinals (my favorite team) were in town.
Even after I graduated from college during the summer we would all get together — me, my dad, my brother, and my nephew — and make a trip to Cincinnati to watch a Reds game. In addition to spending days at the little league baseball park those trips and experiences watching MLB games are still something I remember.
Just about every Tuesday for the past month I’ve been receiving a text message from a buddy of mine. The text would read something like this…
“Fellas, tomorrow night 9pm. Blue court. In or out?”
It’s a roll call sent to a group of guys to see who is available to play basketball in an adult basketball league in my area. For those who are new to my site and story I’ve been playing basketball practically for my entire life.
Two weeks ago we celebrated our daughter, Jaicey’s, 14th birthday! It is pretty surreal having a 14-year-old daughter. The fact that when we talk to her we are looking eye-to-eye is…different. And actually my wife has to look up to her. She is growing physically, but also emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
We are definitely in a new season of parenting. It’s exciting, scary, and sometimes we get a little nostalgic as we look back over the past 14 years. One thing’s for sure…we can’t go back. We are focusing on what’s in front of us now, and looking at what’s ahead.
When I sit down to write, I try to picture having a real conversation with a real person. By doing this, it helps put a personal touch on my writing.
Instead of me writing and sending something out into cyberspace, or the cloud, for just any random person to stumble across, I want to have a particular person in mind who could use real encouragement, and who has real problems needing real solutions.